Bart Ehrman, a scholar of early Christianity and a New York Times best-selling author, will discuss “What Can Historians Say about the Resurrection of Jesus?” at the University of Richmond Jan. 21.

Ehrman, the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will speak at 7 p.m. in the Robins School of Business, Ukrop Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public but registration is required at http://religiousstudies.richmond.edu/.

Four of Ehrman’s 29 books have been on the New York Times best-seller list: “Misquoting Jesus,” “God’s Problem,” “Jesus Interrupted” and “Forged.” In some of his writings, Ehrman has discussed the theory that some books of the New Testament are forgeries, written not by members of Jesus’ inner circle but by anonymous sources decades after Jesus’ death.

Ehrman has served as president of the Southeast Region of the Society of Biblical Literature and chair of its New Testament textual criticism section. He has served in numerous editorial positions and currently is co-editor of the series “New Testament Tools, Studies and Documents,” co-editor-in-chief for the international journal of early Christian studies, Vigiliae Christianae, and area editor for early Christianity of the “Encyclopedia of Ancient History.”

Ehrman earned a master’s of divinity and Ph.D. from Princeton Seminary. He has received numerous academic awards, grants and fellowships, including the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement and the Religious Liberty Award from the American Humanist Association.

He has appeared frequently on television and radio and in print media, including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, CNN, Discovery Channel, History Channel, National Geographic, BBC, Time, Newsweek, New York Times and others.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies. For more information, call 804-289-8056.

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